A mother was watching an episode of the popular kid’s show “Maya the Bee” when she spotted an image in the background during one of the scenes. Noting its phallic shape, she posted an image clearly showing a drawing of male genitals on Facebook. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the mother in question has since deleted her post, but reportedly she wrote warning other parents to “be mindful” of what their children are watching.

Mother horrified by image in ‘Maya the Bee’ episode

The mother went on to state that she did not edit the image and that the penis image (as shown below) was exactly what she saw in episode 35 of Season 1 of “Maya the Bee.” The mother, named by Variety as Chey Robinson, then said she is “not going crazy” and that something like this drawing should not be in a children’s show.

EW did embed a copy of a YouTube video of the episode containing the offending image, but that video has since been removed from the social media platform. However, that particular episode of "Maya the Bee" had been available via Netflix since 2013.

The popular children’s show “Maya the Bee” follows the adventures of a bee who left her hive to find out more about the surrounding world. Along the way she makes friends with other animals and insects and learns more about the world and in this case, happened to unintentionally stumble across a rock with a sketch of male genitalia clearly displayed on it.

Episode of ‘Maya the Bee’ removed from Netflix platform

Once the tasteless “graffiti” had been found, Netflix removed the offending episode from its streaming platform, while Studio 100, the production company involved in “Maya the Bee,” has said it is the work of a rogue artist.

In a statement to Variety, Studio 100 went on to say that the “absolutely inappropriate image” had been spotted in four-second scene in one of the 78 episodes of Season 1 of the animated series "Maya the Bee," saying it had obviously resulted from one of the 150 artists involved playing a “very bad joke.”

The statement continued by saying the action of the rogue artist was unacceptable to the group as the owner of the “Maya the Bee” brand and its partners, adding that it does not reflect the quality of the group’s work or its values.

Studio 100 said it has now started legal action against the person involved and went on to offer their apologies to all fans of the show.

However, the managing director of Studio 100, Katell France, did say they haven’t yet identified the rogue artist in question and that the offending image had been inserted during the layout or compositing stages. France said at that time 150 people worked on the episode. She said it will be a complicated task to find the person responsible and that the artists involved are based in France and Asia.